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The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr M. J. Ferguson, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading, the House:

(1) condemns the Howard Government for their tardiness on transport security policy thereby putting the travelling public at higher risk; and

(2) calls on the Government to release a comprehensive statement of policy to assure the travelling public that their safety and security is being appropriately attended to by our national government"—

Debate resumed.

Amendment negatived.

Question—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.


Jackie Kelly (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

On the motion of Jackie Kelly, by leave, Government amendments (1) to (26) were made together.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

Question—That the Bill be reported to the House with amendments—put and passed.